calls for cool crafts and these tin can lanterns are the perfect
project. From the ice youll use to stabilize the cans for
punching out your patterns to the glow the lanterns will cast at
your next outdoor shindig, this project is cool in every sense of
- Empty tin
cans of various sizes (not the plastic-lined kind)
- Crayon or
- Nails of
- Candles of
first - cut the top all the way off the can using the can opener.
can thoroughly to remove the label and any food residue. Youre
going for funky as in nifty, not funky as in smelly. Be careful
with any sharp points you can opener may have left around the
the cool part - fill the can with water and put it in the freezer
over night or until the water is frozen solid.
waited out the freezing, now its time to get to work.
And time is of the essence, cause you dont want
to let the ice melt! Take the can out of the freezer and use
the crayon or Sharpie to map out your design using dots. We
used flower patterns, Celtic designs, and even fashioned a tribute
to Pac-Man. Try to center the mid-point of your design between
the top and bottom of the can. The dots you draw will become
holes where the candlelight will shine through, so try not to
plan too few or too many.
a nail on a point in your pattern, grab the hammer, and pound
out a hole. Experiment with using different sized nails
you can create interesting effects in this way.
the hammering process until youve poked holes in each
spot, and then put the can in the sink to thaw.
ice is gone and the can is dry, youre ready to add a candle.
Candle choice depends on can size. A little 8 oz fruit can might
do well with a tea candle, and you could probably put a short
pillar or taper in a big juice can. We found that tea candles
worked well in most standard vegetable cans. Experiment a little.
If the candle wont stand on its own, or if you dont
want wax build up in the bottom of your lantern, youll
want to use a small candleholder.
thats left is to scatter your lanterns around the porch
or patio and to enjoy their twinkling lights on a warm summer